After an unduly long delay, I am pleased to announce that George Mason University will be hosting Chicago's house-written tournament, "the Peaceful Resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis" on March 3, 2012. The tournament will be edited by Ike Jose of Illinois and Marshall Steinbaum of Chicago, and Gautam Kandlikar will be the science consultant. The writing team consists of several Chicago teammates: Connie Prater, Tracy Lee, Charles Tian, Sam Bailey, and George Dewey.
Teams must register prior to the day of the tournament in order to play. To register, please e-mail me at ben.cole.19 AT gmail.com with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details. I will e-mail my team contacts with necessary information as we approach the tournament. Feel free to share this announcement with any schools that you think would be interested in attending.
DIFFICULTY AND DISTRIBUTION:
This tournament is intended as preparation for ACF Nationals. Consequently, we will be largely adhering to the ACF Nationals distribution. The editors also intend to ruthlessly control difficulty--we would like to make sure there are no dead tossups or impossible bonus parts.
4/4 Literature: 1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, and 1/1 World.
4/4 History: 1/1 American, 1/1 European (not British), 1/1 World, 1/0 or 0/1 British, and 1/0 or 0/1 Ancient/Classical.
4/4 Science: 1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/0 or 0/1 Math or CS, and 1/0 or 0/1 Astronomy or Earth Science.
3/3 Arts: 1/1 Painting, 1/1 Music, and 1/1 Other (including Architecture, Sculpture, Installation, Ballet/Dance, Film, Photography, UDPATE: NO Pornography).
3/3 RMP: 1/1 Religion, 1/1 Mythology, and 1/1 Philosophy.
1/1 Social Science: Psychology, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science.
2/1 Other Academic, Geography, and Current Events
The tournament will be open to anyone. However, the editors may attempt to ensure a competitive marketplace by limiting superteams. If you'd like to sign up, please leave a note in this thread.
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
Base fee per team: $120
Discount for an additional team from the same university: -$10
Functional buzzers: -$10 each
Travel: --$10 per team if three or more members travel in excess of 200 miles.
Moderator discount: -$10 per moderator
Minimum fee: $0
The tournament will likely take place entirely in the Johnson Center, one of the largest and most recognizable buildings on campus, which is marked in red as number 29 on this campus map
. We will meet in the Johnson Center Cinema on the lowest floor of the Johnson Center. If you have trouble locating the Cinema, there is an Information Desk in the center of the building on the first floor, whose staff should be of assistance.
Game rooms will be on the third floor, the second floor, and the ground floor. There is an elevator on one side of the building which can go to the ground floor. The elevator on the other side of the building can get to the first, second, and third floors.
Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM, morning announcements will be as soon as possible after 8:30, and play will begin at 9:00.
Please be sure that your directions are to the Fairfax campus and not the Arlington, Prince William, or Loudoun campuses. For GPS, the nearest intersection to the tournament location (and to parking) is Mason Pond Drive and Patriot Circle.The tournament will take place in the Johnson Center (JC). We will meet in the JC Cinema on the ground floor (NOT the first floor). If you have trouble locating the Cinema, there is an Information Desk in the center of the building on the first floor, whose staff should be of assistance. For on campus parking, park on the visitor level of the Mason Pond parking deck,which is marked in purple as number 39 on this campus map
and is located very close to the Johnson Center, which is marked in red as number 29 on this campus map
. The daily rate is $14.
If you arriving via the DC Metro and CUE bus, the CUE bus lets riders off on Rappahannock River Lane, right next to the Rappahannock parking deck, which is marked in purple as number 40 on this campus map
. Proceed to the Johnson Center as marked on the campus map. Staff may be sent to Rappahannock River Lane to walk you to the JC.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: It is preferable that you pay by cash instead of check, however we will potentially have little cash on hand for making change. If you will be paying by check, make your check out to "GMU Quiz Bowl;" if you're concerned about fraud, endorse them on the back, write "Deposit only" and our student organization's number, 610472.
FOOD: Lunch will not be provided. We urge all teams to eat on campus to avoid delays. The Johnson Center contains several places to eat, including a sub station, a Burger King, a Panera-like sandwich place, an Indian station, and a Chinese station. There are more places to eat outside the Johnson Center, but we strongly encourage all teams to eat in the Johnson Center to avoid delays. We will provide teams with a food guide.